About GIST

About GIST


In January 2012, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) was selected as the Hub of Institutions responsible for taking the leading role in coordinating inter-Hub collaboration among the Hub Institutions for Fundamental Research and Human Resource Development under the Science for RE-designing Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciREX) Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). To fulfill this role, GRIPS has established the GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program (GIST).

Program Overview

This program aims to cultivate human resources with the capability to employ a scientific approach in the planning, drafting, execution, evaluation, and revision of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. In particular, the program aims to foster administrative officials, practitioners, researchers, and other key personnel who possess advanced skills for policy analysis, the capability to plan and execute policy, and mastery of the multiple disciplines required for these, along with research competence in social science fields, teaching competence in higher education, and high-level foreign language competency.
The program hosts prominent professors from inside and outside Japan who are experts on science and technology policy studies. To achieve more practical research education, the program also accommodates front-line practitioners of science and technology policy in the role of lecturers. Additionally, the program invites eminent researchers and practitioners from inside and outside Japan and organizes frequent research workshops and seminars.
The program is operated with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and is provided in cooperation with the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry(RIETI) under collaborative agreements. It is expanding its joint activities with the University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, Osaka University/Kyoto University, and Kyushu University, and collaboration with overseas universities and research institutions.

Background of the Program

Under globalization, severe competition in international markets, and societal changes in the 21st century, STI shoulders great expectations not only for the creation of new industries but also for assurance of employment, improvement in quality of lifestyle, and resolution of environmental, social, and economic issues. Similarly, expectations are growing for policies to promote STI. From such perspectives, nations around the world are distilling knowledge aimed at the drafting, design, and practice of effective STI policy. In academic fields including economics, law, political science, and sociology, researchers are developing a diversity of theories and analytical methods concerning real-world policy issues, and are accumulating the results of data analysis. However, these are not necessarily put to good use in actual policy practice, and awareness of issues in policy practice is not sufficiently shared with researchers. There is a strong need to cultivate human resources who will be responsible for the execution of effective STI policy and corporate strategy, by promoting mutual feedbacks and communication between practitioners and researchers.

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